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Brawn aiming to get rid of DRS for 2021

  • Published on 01 Sep 2017 09:04
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  • By: Chris Soulsby

Ross Brawn has admitted that he does not want the Drag Reduction System (DRS) to be part of the next generation of Formula 1 cars, and hopes that a solution will be found that can allow drivers to run closer to one another during races, using slipstreaming as a method of overtaking.

DRS became a part of Formula 1 in 2011 in an attempt to increase the amount of overtaking out on track during races. Although this has been successful, the device is considered to be artificial, and for this reason, Brawn wants to remove it from the series.

Brawn, who is Formula 1's Managing Director of Motorsports. hopes that DRS will no longer be on the grid in 2021, with a lot of work being done to find a feasible alternative to allow overtaking to continue out on track. 

“It’s a compromise,” he told Autosport. “What we should do is find a better solution. What we really want is the cars to be able to slipstream one another properly and overtake. So for me the solution, which we’ve now started a programme on, is to design the cars, so that they can race each other in close proximity."

“What we are working on is generating the capacity to look at cars that are racing each other in close proximity, and what sort of designs we need to enable that to happen," he confirmed. "When we do that, which is our ambition for 2021, then we will have cars that don’t need DRS.”

 

Chris Soulsby

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  • Hombibi

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    It is going to be a long wait until 2021, but this is certainly the right direction. My guess for slipstreaming: reduce wingsurface and allow active suspension again.

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    • Sep 1 2017 - 09:36
    • I think 2021 is a good time frame.. If it's taken away now, we would get pretty much no overtaking on track

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      • Sep 1 2017 - 11:48
    • Hombibi

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      I bet he is not going to take four years, bigger things can be achieved in four years than abolishing a non critical rule in an entertainment circus.

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      • Sep 1 2017 - 23:50
  • I dont know, I dont mind DRS really. As it is now its just perfect IMO: a slight boost that helps but doesnt make or break an overtake.

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    • Sep 1 2017 - 11:21
    • Hombibi

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      I am with Reg here on this one: why would the car in the back be entitled to an advantage for no other reason than being behind? You might as wel deliberately slow down the car in front, for no other reason than driving in front.. It does not make the race more interesting, or an overstaken more laudable. It makes it less.

      In my opinion, the whole development of cars that rely heavily on aerodynamically generated downforce for their grip is the culprit. Trying to fix that with drs is plugging one hole with another.

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      • Sep 2 2017 - 00:02
    • I can definitely see why people doesnt like it. I didnt like how effective it was earlier. However, as I said above, the impact of the DRS is pretty minimal as of now, we've seen time and time again that DRS isnt a magical solution to ovetake anything and everyone. And to get that advantage, you still need to be less than a second behind the car you are following, and while you get DRS on the straights, you'll lose out on e.g tyre degradation, meaning its a bit of a tradeoff rather than a direct advantage: more speed in exchange of less longevity.

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      • Sep 2 2017 - 08:56
  • reg

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    He's right, DRS is nonsense, it favours the following car and removes the well won advantage that a leading driver has already achieved.

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    • Sep 1 2017 - 16:19
  • What Brawn needs to do is, make the Sport more agile in decision making. Why wait till 2021, when you intend to change/remove something?

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    • Sep 1 2017 - 19:41

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